Location Amsterdam, Atlanta, Berlin, Copenhagen, Sarajevo and Warsaw
Eligibility Students and recent graduates from universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Ukraine and the United States
Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today.
Featured: 2015 Humanity in Action Fellowship program in Warsaw. The video is in both English and Polish.
Each program is highly interdisciplinary and features daily lectures and discussions with renowned academics, journalists, politicians and activists, as well as site visits to government agencies, non-profit and community organizations, museums and memorials. The programs seek to highlight different models of action to remedy injustice.
The objective of the Humanity in Action Fellowship programs is to facilitate a collective exploration of the social and political roots of discrimination, as well as to provide a forum where potential solutions to some of today's most challenging issues can be considered and discussed. The programs are also intended to instill a responsibility among Humanity in Action Fellows to recognize and address the need to protect minorities and promote human rights—in their own communities and around the world.
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Why Choose the HIA Fellowship?
A global education experience
The diversity of our Fellows deeply enriches HIA programs by bringing together participants who represent many different nationalities, perspectives and personal experiences with human and minority rights issues.
Meet world class thinkers and activists
Our curriculum offers an opportunity for Fellows to interact with with leading thinkers and activists on the cutting edge of human rights, historical inquiry and social innovation in their societies.
Produce original research
Fellows share the knowledge they gain in their HIA program by creating in-depth, published articles and teaching tools that draw attention to issues and action that are explored during the Fellowship.
The HIA Fellowship is just the starting point for lifelong opportunities to learn, collaborate and take action through the HIA Senior Fellows network.
HIA Fellowship Testimonials
"A program that combines intellectual advancement with personal growth, HIA offers the unique ability to combine both a diverse group of…"
"A program that combines intellectual advancement with personal growth, HIA offers the unique ability to combine both a diverse group of individuals with a diverse group of pertinent and imminent social issues. This program is a unique way to learn about how social issues occur, are perceived, and most importantly how they are addressed by local actors and NGOs. Participants not only learn about how local agents are addressing issues of religious freedoms, employment discrimination, ethnic justice, democracy maintenance, freedom of press and even freedom of speech rights. Rather, we are given these circumstances and challenged to find innovative and constructive ways to address the issues."
"I have never been so aware of how my words, my intonation, my sentence structures and my body language could affect the feelings and intellect…"
"I have never been so aware of how my words, my intonation, my sentence structures and my body language could affect the feelings and intellect of other human beings. I could not be more grateful to HIA for providing me the opportunity to be surrounded by people whose goal was not to tear me down with their rebuttals or arguments, but to build me up with newly acquired revelations."
"I was lured to the Humanity in Action Fellowship by its insightful philosophy that “an important test of a genuine democracy is how it treats…"
"I was lured to the Humanity in Action Fellowship by its insightful philosophy that “an important test of a genuine democracy is how it treats its minority populations,” yet I could not have anticipated how transformative the five-week program could be. From exploring histories of resistance to national narratives to the intersections of art and activism, I was exposed to a wide array of human rights abuses and was challenged to think deeply about my theory of change. My peers and I reflected about how we could direct our passions toward realizing a more peaceful and accepting world, often finding that the answer was through supporting each other through making collective contributions. Despite long, exhausting days, I was introduced to a brilliant array of young scholars spanning urban planners and community organizers who encouraged me to contest the status quo, ask questions, and examine power relationships in society. We focused on the people who are not at the table where decisions are made, and exchanged ideas as to how the voices of the marginalized can be amplified. Being in another country enabled me to expand my American-centric perspective to understand the nuances of culture and the complexities of political institutions. I cherished the conversations I had with my peers who were all passionate about dismantling structures that oppress society’s most vulnerable, and look forward to my future with the HIA family. "